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Balti Sigdr 1II/5 — holmi ‘the island’

Nú skal lýst, hvé, Lista
læskjarr konungr, — harra
gerðisk afreksorða
efnd — þíns fǫður hefndir.
Létuð — hjalms at holmi
hríð spurðisk sú víða —
— ofkúgi dó jǫfra —
allvaldr, Sigurð falla.

Læskjarr konungr Lista, nú skal lýst, hvé hefndir fǫður þíns; efnd afreksorða harra gerðisk. Allvaldr, létuð Sigurð falla; sú hríð hjalms at holmi spurðisk víða; ofkúgi jǫfra dó.

Deceit-shy king of Lista [NORWEGIAN KING = Sigurðr munnr Haraldsson], now it shall be described how you avenged your father; the fulfilment of the lord’s words of courage took place. Mighty ruler, you caused Sigurðr to fall; that storm of the helmet [BATTLE] near the island was heard of far and wide; the oppressor of princes [= Sigurðr slembidjákn] died.


[5] at holmi ‘near the island’: Refers to Holmengrå (see Context above). This was a naval battle, hence the prep. at is taken in the meaning ‘near, by’ rather than ‘on’ (see Frtizner: at 10).



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